I remember so clearly when I first saw Philip Seymour Hoffman in his early work like Boogie Nights, Happiness, and Magnolia thinking that he was going to have a long and wonderful career. Sadly, I was only right on one count. It was wonderful. But it was clearly not long enough. On Sunday morning 46-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Manhattan apartment.
As of now the details are fuzzy, but the New York Post is reporting that he died from a drug overdose and that he was found with a hypodermic needle in his arm. In the past, Hoffman spoke of his battles with substance abuse. He had issues in college and according to reports, he relapsed last year but realized he needed help and wisely went to rehab.
What makes me so mad about this is not just that we as movie-goers have been robbed of his amazing talent (just think back to his amazing Academy Award-winning role in Capote), but that he leaves behind three children: Cooper Alexander (born in March 2003), Tallulah (born in November 2006), and Willa (born in October 2008). These are three young children who may be left with a legacy of his work, but are left without their father.
This just goes to show that unfortunately drug addiction impacts so many people, not just the user. I feel for his family. If only he realized that he had choices. He could have signed up for another stint at rehab. He could have looked at a photo of his three children and realized that getting high wasn’t worth it.
We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again. As a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s work and as a fellow parent, the news that he died of a drug overdose makes me not just sad but mad.
When will people learn, be it if they are famous or not, that they should “just say no” to drugs. Yes, addiction is a disease but it is a battle that can be fought and won. There is just far too much at stake and Philip Seymour Hoffman left this world far too soon.
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